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Animated Edition - Winter 2019/20
Animated cover image: Michèle Dubois, Searching Bodies. Photo: Marie Nu¨zel
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Focus on: How artists sustain themselves and their practices

There is a thread running through this edition of Animated, of how artists and practitioners sustain themselves and their practices in different contexts and places. We also include perspectives about borders, boundaries and barriers, and their interplay with people and dance.

There’s another strand too, about dance building community and forging relationships, be that over a long time or in the present. This all chimes well with how we at People Dancing describe the skills, knowledge and experiences people need for a sustained career as dance artists or practitioners working in community contexts: artform, people & communications, enterprise, and leadership & teaching. Together these create the space where the magic happens. Whatever 2020 might bring, we send you our very best wishes.

Chris Stenton, Executive Director, People Dancing

In this issue
Laura Jones, Stopgap Dance Company. Photo: Chris Parkes
Constant trailblazers?
Laura Jones is a fierce advocate for disabled people in dance, working across the UK and internationally. Since joining Stopgap in 2001 Laura has been integral to the growth and direction of the company. Here, she invites us to look at what’s changed in her world since then through the lenses of art, disability, expectations, worthiness and responsibility
Gisela Sutter, Naehe. Photo: Fabian Helmich
Where magic happens
Project and communications manager, Corina Hösli, reaches out from Switzerland to bring us up close to the practice of Marie Nüzel’s Search in(g) Bodies, where participation and performance invite us to think again about ageing
Marc Stevenson and Helena Webb with participants at HMP Wormwood Scrubs. Photo: Jenny Joyce
Dance Club at Scrubs
People Dancing member Helena Webb reflects on leading a dance and choreography course with inmates at HMP Wormwood Scrubs
Sara Marshall-Rose, Sidmouth Folk Festival Children’s Workshop 2019. Photo: Phil Rose
Finding my rhythm
Sara Marshall-Rose shares her joy of discovering body percussion as a D/deaf community dance practitioner and the journeys it has taken her on, back to her own earliest dance roots and forward in her participatory practice
AYD, Alvin Ailey Masterclass. Photo: Pierre Tappon Photography
Going the extra mile
Artistic Director of Artistry Youth Dance, Kamara Gray has been on a global journey. Here, she reflects on a path that led her from the Antipodes to London ending in a recent close encounter between the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and her company which demonstrates the vitality of determined and inspired leadership where aspirations are plentiful yet role models are few
The Casement Project. Photo: Matthew Thompson
Dance and borders
Co-Motion: Dance and Borders, the first all-Ireland dance industry and research conference held in Belfast in October 2019, was a cross-border dance initiative by Dance Resource Base and Dance Ireland. Here, Orla McGrady (General Manager, Dance Resource Base), Dr Aoife McGrath (Queen’s University Belfast), and Jane Mooney (Board Member, Dance Resource Base) reflect upon the weekend
Wirksworth Festival Community Celebration Event, 2014. Photo: Phil Richards
A community, dancing
27 years ago, independent dance artist, Debi Hedderwick, committed to building a practice in her new home village of Wirksworth in Derbyshire. Here, she reflects on the unique rewards and challenges of an embedded, yet still evolving, community dance practice in rural England
Paula Guzzanti, Dance & Wellbeing project for Nicaraguans, July 2019. Photo: Carlos Daniel Hernánde
Facilitating dance in communities affected by forced migration
Dance artist and scholar Dr Paula Guzzanti reflects on her five weeks’ residency facilitating dance and wellbeing for Nicaraguan refugees living in Costa Rica. She considers the potential of dance improvisation and mindfulness as part of a humanitarian aid effort
Sara Kemal, Stretch 2019, Turku, Finland. Photo: Aleksi Telilä
Don’t stop being an artist
Based in Scotland, dance artist Sara Kemal travels into Europe to consider ways to sustain a career and define her professional identity by exploring her roots, her core artistic values and climate change
Scottish Ballet’s Safe to Be Me school workshop. Photo: Andy Ross
Being me
As Engagement Creative Director at Scottish Ballet Lorraine Jameson’s job is to select parts of the repertoire and use them to create accessible and inclusive projects. Here she describes her journey within the organisation which includes their latest project Safe to Be Me 
© J. Chapy taken during the Potsdamer Tanztage at Fabrik Potsdam.
People, Practice, Process
Clint Lutes has taught professionals, non-professionals, migrants, people living with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, young, old and others around the world. His choreographic work has increasingly become centred around working with non-professionals and he uses dance as a vehicle to inform, connect and communicate. He is a participant in various scientific and artistic research projects and here he shares part of his creative journey